The South Caucasus is a region held back by conflict. This project will create a joint theatrical workshop for young women from societies that typically see one another only as antagonists. Together, they will produce a short theatrical production drawn from their individual narratives about the impact of violence and the need for peace in their region. Then they will take their work home and spread the word among their peers. See the attached project description for more detail.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The South Caucasian Republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia represent two societies held back by conflict and violence. These two countries, once aligned as friends in the former USSR, are locked in a still-smoldering war. Members of each society are encouraged to see the other as enemies. Citizens, particularly women, in both countries suffer from the ongoing generational effects of an ideology of violence. All of these conditions contribute to the likelihood of renewed combat.
How will this project solve this problem?
Together in a theatrical workshop entitled "Violence Has Many Faces," young women from both societies will have a chance to address their experiences with violence in families and culture, the taboos associated with conflict, and the need for peace. More importantly, they will have an opportunity to work together to create one collective play drawn from their individual narratives. The play will be recorded and they will be able to go home and show their peers what they have learned and made.
Potential Long Term Impact
There can be no progress toward peace in the South Caucasus unless the culture of violence is addressed. Peace is further held back by jingoism, indifference, taboos, a lack of critical thinking, and feelings of helplessness. By voicing their experiences and working together to express their perceptions of violence and peace, these young women can become empowered peacebuilders. By spreading the word about what they have learned, they can be part of a grassroots movement to peace.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,085
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $22,055
Total Funding Goal: $25,140